United Way of Chattanooga

Volunteer Mentors Needed
July 1st, 2015 2:57 PM

Adult Volunteers (MVPs) are needed to work with students during after school hours. The hours are very flexible. The adult volunteer (MVP) will mentor the student, for the purpose of creating a relationship with the student that will help him/her excel in life.

MVPs will work with student leaders also to help them become effective peer-to-peer mentors for younger students who are learning to read or who are reading below their grade level.  Adults will help students leaders between 12 and 17-years-old prepare for college and life after high school by listening, engaging, offering support and widening students’ social connections. 

Students navigating through elementary, middle and high school need a connection with a positive individual.  Older students, serving as positive peer mentors, can provide encouragement and support for struggling students. Peer mentoring provides positive outcomes for both younger mentees and older student mentors.

Your help will not only strengthen the skills of the student leaders you mentor, it will enable elementary and middle school students to receive help in their early years, as well. Thank you for helping our youth!


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Lunch and Learn June 25
June 21st, 2015 6:32 PM


Lunch N Learn registration

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Join the GradNation on July 20
June 20th, 2015 12:55 AM

Community-wide summit will focus on closing the gaps in educational achievement


CLICK HERE to register for the GradNation Summit

Each year, one in five students in the U.S. drops out of high school before graduation. United Way of Greater Chattanooga and our community partners are working together to change this trend by hosting the Hamilton County GradNation Community Summit, July 20, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, downtown Chattanooga, from 8:00-3:00.

The focus of the Summit will be on building Early Childhood Education and Out of School time collaborative partnerships to address the achievement gaps for school readiness and successful graduation.  

The Summit will include keynote speakers Candice McQueen, Tennessee Education Commissioner and Joanna Fox, senior policy analyst and program developer for Everyone Graduates-a Research Program of Johns Hopkins University who will discuss the current state of education nationally and in Tennessee. 

The community is invited to participate in Community Action Workshops that will address Early Childhood Readiness, Foundational Literacy, Middle School transition and High School graduation. Youth and community panels will address challenges and supports needed for all children to be successful in school.

The Summit is free to the public thanks to support from GradNation and national partner AT&T, UNUM, the City of Chattanooga Youth and Family Department and Hamilton County Read20. 

Who should attend?  Leaders from businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local government, public schools, higher education, foundations, faith-based organizations, parents and young people -- anyone interested in working together to create better outcomes for our youth, and better community for all.




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